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Cruisin’ Dearborn to rev up the town during festival

Cruisin’ Dearborn to rev up the town during festival

The classic cars will be on display until 10 p.m. at the Dearborn Homecoming Festival at Ford Field Park in Dearborn. “We are looking forward to welcoming classic car cruisers from all over metro Detroit again this year to kick off the annual Dearborn Homecoming Festival,” said Jackie Lovejoy, president of the Dearborn Area Chamber […]

New sculpture in Detroit shows ‘power of togetherness’

New sculpture in Detroit shows ‘power of togetherness’

Ever since the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opened its doors in Midtown in 1997, the venerable Detroit artist Charles McGee has been eyeing the elevated plaza just to the west of the museum and thinking about what he might create for the space if given the chance. Last year, the call finally came from the museum in the form of a […]

Youths earn money, gain experience at Grow Detroit

Youths earn money, gain experience at Grow Detroit

Monique Whittaker isn’t just a camp counselor. She’s a problem-solver. A playmate. A chip-bag opener. A hugger. “She’s awesome,” said DeAnna Newton, 10. Whittaker, 17, is a camp counselor at Camp Africa: HERO! at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. And she’s one of 8,157 Detroit youths employed this summer through Grow […]

Detroit Mower Gang makes cut on video

Detroit Mower Gang makes cut on video

Crain’s reported in May that the Detroit Mower Gang, a volunteer group of community activists that has been grooming parks in Detroit since 2010, was getting a big assist for its 2016 mowing season from Craftsman, which was donating $18,000 worth of lawn and garden equipment, including five riding mowers, trimmers, hedgers and other gear. […]

Muralists are spreading color across the city as more building owners are offering up outdoor canvasses to artists. Three separate mural projects launched in Detroit and Highland Park on Thursday. Meanwhile, Eastern Market is preparing for its second annual mural festival in September. In Highland Park on Thursday, a group of 23 teenage artists from Spain, […]

Long-gone Detroit Italian restaurant plans a comeback

Long-gone Detroit Italian restaurant plans a comeback

La Lanterna, a long-gone restaurant from Detroit’s past,  is primed to make a comeback near its former location when it opens on the first floor of the Albert building in Capitol Park later this year. The northern Italian-style restaurant opened in what is now the Malcolmson Building in 1956 by Italian immigrant Edoardo Barbieri. In 1978, Barbieri opened the first […]

Officials plan to boost Detroit firefighter pay

Officials plan to boost Detroit firefighter pay

All Detroit firefighters licensed as medical first responders will receive a pay raise, officials announced Friday. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined Fire Commissioner Eric Jones and Mike Nevin, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, announced the 4 percent across-the-board wage increase they called overdue and much-needed. “This little bump here is what we needed […]

Soup, Salad, and Belle Isle: Detroit Soup’s latest crowdfunding extravaganza

Soup, Salad, and Belle Isle: Detroit Soup’s latest crowdfunding extravaganza

Have a fantastic idea for Belle Isle? Do you want the proper funding to carry out said idea? Are you a hungry citizen looking for a productive way to justify your soup consumption? Check out Detroit Soup’s Belle Isle event on August 31! Part of an ongoing series of crowdfunding events, Detroit Soup is holding […]

President Grant’s Detroit home still at fairgrounds; plans remain to move it

President Grant’s Detroit home still at fairgrounds; plans remain to move it

  Plans are still in place to save a house at the old Michigan State Fairgrounds where President Ulysses Grant once lived, but there is also heavy lifting to do before it can be moved to a different part of the city. Built in 1837 and later moved to the fairgrounds, the Grant house was open for several decades […]

Is a Target store coming to Midtown Detroit?

Is a Target store coming to Midtown Detroit?

A Target store could potentially anchor a planned retail, commercial and residential project at Woodward and Mack in Midtown Detroit, near the popular Whole Foods, according to development sources. The entire development would fit on a 9-acre site that has a long-shuttered muffler shop and American Red Cross buildings. It would feature a newly constructed 25,000-square-foot anchor store at the corner, plus an additional 25,000-square-feet of retail space and restaurants. […]

Urbanism conference attendees praise downtown Detroit’s walkability

Urbanism conference attendees praise downtown Detroit’s walkability

Kudos and criticism were wielded by the nearly 1,500 surveyed urban planners and architects who spent up to four days in Detroit in June at the 24th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism conference. Many of the positive comments from the participants from 43 states and 28 countries centered around downtown’s walkability — a fairly […]

Detroit-Made Bicycles Are Taking Over Bike-Share Programs

Detroit-Made Bicycles Are Taking Over Bike-Share Programs

The Detroit Bikes factory sits on the West Side of the city near scattered abandoned homes and a junkyard full of rusted car parts. Inside, workers are taking test rides through the 50,000-square-foot facility on a fleet of freshly assembled bicycles destined for New York’s Citi Bike bike-share program. On foot, founder Zak Pashak, 36, […]

Revival of Detroit’s Cass Corridor crowds out criminals

Revival of Detroit’s Cass Corridor crowds out criminals

In the rebranded Cass Corridor, police say hipsters are crowding out the criminals. But the drug dealers who have permeated the neighborhood for years aren’t going down without a fight. The Corridor’s makeover from Detroit’s red-light district to trendy Midtown has led to charges of gentrification of the area, but police are dealing with a […]

Muralist builds bridges between Detroit’s past, present

Muralist builds bridges between Detroit’s past, present

Artist Nicole MacDonald enjoys seeing her work in galleries — and she’s been in plenty of them from Detroit to the Netherlands. Seeing her paintings grace the boarded up windows of Big B Liquor Party Store is quite another experience. MacDonald prefers the Detroit party store. Or the abandoned warehouse on Grand River. Or the […]

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today

Detroit Public Schools was split today into two separate districts. DPS officials began initial preparations months ago, and they’ve been working furiously in recent weeks with state officials, attorneys, turnaround experts, vendors and others to make the transition as smooth as possible. Those efforts will continue through the summer and beyond, with a new school board elected in November that […]

How a luxury watch and bicycle company became part of Detroit’s revitalization

How a luxury watch and bicycle company became part of Detroit’s revitalization

Once the major manufacturing hub of the Midwest, pumping out American cars throughout the 20th century and aiding the war effort during World War II, Detroit has become known for empty factories, bankruptcy and bailouts and has been launched into the news more recently for water shutoffs and teacher sickouts. But in recent years, a revitalization has taken […]

How Detroit’s public radio station is trying to attract younger listeners

How Detroit’s public radio station is trying to attract younger listeners

Public radio’s audience is getting older. In 1995, the median NPR listener was 45 years old; according to a report last fall, the number is now 54. A series of stories in various publications in recent weeks have questioned whether NPR — and public radio as a whole — have the wherewithal to adapt to an […]

Firms Investing Millions To Redevelop Buildings In Detroit’s Paradise Valley

Firms Investing Millions To Redevelop Buildings In Detroit’s Paradise Valley

A planned redevelopment project will celebrate an area that had once been a hub of black music and culture in Detroit. More than $50 million is expected to be invested over the next three years in the Paradise Valley Cultural & Entertainment District. Paradise Valley’s night clubs hosted jazz legends, and the district’s many black-owned […]

Mark Wahlberg to open first Michigan Wahlburgers in Greektown

Mark Wahlberg to open first Michigan Wahlburgers in Greektown

Mark Wahlberg is roaming the streets of Detroit talking about everyone’s favorite things: burgers and movies. “I’m so excited to be in downtown Detroit,” Wahlberg told reporters in Greektown on Saturday. WXYZ reported Wahlberg revealed the resturant will open around July 20. Besides checking on the resturant construction, Wahlberg is in town shooting Transformers 5. “We’re […]

DTE Energy to unveil plans for new Detroit park

DTE Energy to unveil plans for new Detroit park

DTE Energy Co. is unveiling plans for a new public park in downtown Detroit. A groundbreaking is scheduled for Tuesday morning for the park, which is planned for the western edge of Detroit’s central business district. The 1.5-acre park will be across the street from the Detroit-based utility’s headquarters. The utility says the park is […]

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